I’ve got patupat from Ballesteros

A friend dropped by to give a bagful of special patupat from Ballesteros, Cagayan. They even have a festival in honor of these native sticky rice cakes made of glutinous rice or diket, coconut milk, sugar, and, surprisingly, a good sprinkling of salt.

They are so good when eaten hot with ripe mangoes and fresh getta (coconut cream) — really makes me forget where’s east and west!

These patupat aka balisongsong  are smaller than our own Ilocos patupat, but they taste just as great, or even better than what are being sold in the market of Laoag. The made to order patupat from Barangay Barit and the town of  Sarrat are really especially wonderful, though.

Filipino suman differs from every region. In the Mountain Province, patupat is spelled as patopat and either banana or squash leaves are used as wrapping. In Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, it’s also spelled as patopat. Quite differently, they’re wrapped in woven coconut leaves, and instead of sugar, Pangasinenses use molasses, locally known as tagapulot, which charmingly oozes out through the wrappers’ tiny holes. Another festival in Pangasinan is named after this Ilocano delicacy.

I noticed Chinese machang looks like patupat. How interesting?

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6 thoughts on “I’ve got patupat from Ballesteros

  1. Hi, Tina – learned of this blog of yours from Ruby. She and hubby, John, broke bread with me, Ben, Ira and Mommy last Friday.

    Awesome photos and text, kasinsin! Umay ak to manen.

    p.s. naladaw nga kabla-aw iti pina-kayanak mo ;0

  2. Oy, Merciang, nakapasyar ka (Thanks, Ruby.), ken nalagip mo tay pannakayank ko. Thanks, kasinsin.

    Was with Alma last week. We had a small reunion with Felicar, Janice, Jude, Christine R, Grace A, Margarita, Melanie P, Maybelinda, Rizalina, Mildred, Jackie dlS, Grace S, Elsa, Madonna and Sonia. T’was fun. Omg, di da mauma ag-photo-op para FB kano. LOL. I’ll try to come up with something, tapno saan a masayang dagidiay posing da.

  3. Hi Tina! Nakaka apal kayo met…..i met with mercy twice (before & after my cruise) but nalipatan mi ti nagpicture. nakatabtabtab kam met ngamin. By the way, why aren’t you in facebook? you were one of our batchmate that I’m been searching for….luckily, Reny came across my name….. You’re doing such a great job with your blog!

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